Cub Pilot On the Mississippi – Mark Twain

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Cub Pilot On the Mississippi – Mark Twain

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Main Characters:

Cub Pilot – Mark Twain
The other Cub Pilot – George Ritchie
Pilot 1 – Brown
Pilot 2 – George Ealer
Twain’s father – Horace Bigsby
Twain’s younger brother – Henry
Boat’s Captain – Captain Klinefelter
The name of the boat – Pennsylvania

The Plot:

Internal Conflict    
An internal conflict is within the mind and heart of an individual character as he/she struggles with some issue.

External Conflict    
This is the conflict between one person and another person.
It can also be a conflict between the character(s) and nature.
External conflict can also be a conflict between one group and another.

Rising Action    
The important events between the conflict and the climax that help to define the problems and triumphs.

All of the events that happen within a story.

The background in which we are introduced to the character(s), and in which we learn the setting of the story. This is BEFORE the conflict usually.

Rising action 1    
Twain is yelled at for not doing anything when he received no orders.

The conflict is what powers the plot. A story can have internal conflict, external conflict, or it can have both.

Rising action 2    
Brown is constantly looking for a reason to yell. He furtively looks at him, causing Twain to mess up at the wheel. Brown yells considerably.

The climax is the high point of the story. The action it at its most intense. After the climax, the story is quickly ended with the falling action and the resolution.

Falling Action    
This part of the plot follows the climax that ties up loose ends: clarifies what happened next. It might be missing or short.

Resolution of Cub Pilot On the Mississippi    
Brown is the one who will be put ashore and fired; Twain will stay aboard the Pennsylvania. Twain feels freed.

Rising Action 3    
George Richie, the other cub pilot, mocks Twain by pretending to be Brown. Twain thinks of ways to kill Brown.

Rising Action 4    
Henry tells Brown to stop off at a plantation; Brown doesn’t hear; Twain decides to let Brown get in trouble by not repeating the orders.

Rising Action 5    
The captain tells Brown to go back. Brown claims that Henry didn’t tell him to stop. Twain says he heard his brother.

Climax of Cub Pilot On the Mississippi    
Brown tries to hit Henry with a 10 lb. block of coal. Twain hits Brown with a stool and beats him up.

Types of Conflict    
Man vs. Man, Man vs. Self, Man vs. Nature

Falling Action of Cub Pilot On the Mississippi    
Twain has to explain about pounding Brown to the captain. The captain is pleased.

In your own words, the resolution shows how the conflict was solved

Exposition of Cub Pilot On the Mississippi    
Twain is hired to be a “student driver” or cub pilot of a paddleboat on the Mississippi. His brother is also on the ship.

A sentence that tells what universal truth comes through reading the story. Usually it’s a lesson that can be learned.

A significant word or phrase that embodies the theme. It can also be a repeated concept throughout the writing. Ex. Cinderella – time, inner beauty rewarded while evil is punished , cinder or ashes

Motif of Cub Pilot On the Mississippi    

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